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While Inland Port presses pause, logistics expert says there’s no market for rail hub

Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant in 2019 (Roger McDonough | KCPW)

In a white paper published this week, a logistics expert said his analysis showed that there is no market in Salt Lake City and its surroundings for a key part of the Utah Inland Port.

Dr. Robert Leachman is a professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the University of California, Berkeley. His paper, entitled “Evaluation of the Commercial Potential of the Utah Inland Port Authority’s Proposed Trans-loading Facility,” argues that a rail-to-truck hub wouldn’t work in the region because it “isn’t a value proposition” to the large importers who already use West Coast facilities for the same task.

The paper, commissioned by the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition, comes as much of the work of the Utah Inland Port Authority has been put on hold, after a change in leadership, and after a critical legislative audit — which faulted the port for a lack of transparency in spending, and a lack of clear direction.

Dr. Robert Leachman, University of California at Berkeley
Ben Hart, new executive director of the Utah Inland Port
Malin Moench, economic analyst
Craig Wallentine, retired DuPont executive

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